Southern California supermarket collects toys for the holidays

December 6, 2018 by  

This month, Gelson’s will be holding its annual toy drive to help disadvantaged children in and around Orange County. Those who live in Lake Forest will want to stop by the Irvine store in the Oak Creek Shopping Center in order to participate in the toy drive.

Partnering in the toy drive are Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Toys for Tots, Ronald McDonald House/Long Beach, and Children’s Hospital of Orange County, among others.

Each Gelson store will have a large gift-wrapped open box for the donation of toys. Suggested items include building blocks, rattles, and interactive crib toys for infants to five years of age; art supplies, dinosaurs, dolls, and action figures for children ages 6 to 13; and video games, purses, MP3 players, and board games for kids between the ages of 13 and 18. Items for kids of all ages include gift cards, slippers, socks, and clothing.

President and CEO of Gelson’s, Rob McDougall, commented that this toy drive that is held every year is part of the store’s mission to give back to the community, and customers are encouraged to join the employees of the store and the local nonprofit partners to make this an enjoyable holiday season for those in Southern California.

The drive runs until December 15. Banner printing companies can be hired to create displays to be posted in communities around such stores, so that people learn more about their initiatives.